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REGISTER OF ECCLESIASTICAL DOCUMENTS.
Address of the Presbyterian Synod of continued favour and protection of our Munster, to the Marquis Wellesley. beloved Sovereign, and to justify that
good opinion which your Excellency many On Thursday, the 11th inst., the Pres- years since (on an occasion that deeply byterian Synod of Munster, consisting affected the honour and interests of the of their Moderator, the Rev. Philip Tay- Presbyterian Church) so eloquently exlor, their Clerk, the Rev. James Arm- pressed in the Irish Senate-a circumstroug, and their Agent, the Rev. Joseph stance which will ever live in our grateful Hutton, waited upon his Excellency the recollection. Marquis Wellesley, at Dublin Castle,
Signed, (by order of the Synod of with the following Address, which had
Munster) been unanimously adopted by that Body, at their late Meeting in Clonmel :
PHILIP TAYLOR, Moderator.
JAMES ARMSTRONG, Clerk. To kis Excellency Marquis Wellesley, Lord Lieutenant General, and General
To which his Excellency was pleased Governor of Ireland.
to make the following reply :May it please your Excellency,
WELLESLEY. We, the Ministers and Elders of the Your cordial assurances of loyalty to Presbyterian Synod of Munster, assem our gracious Sovereign, and of attachbled at Clonmel, gladly avail ourselves of ment to the principles of the Constituthe earliest occasion afforded us by our tion, are received by me with the confiAnnual Meeting, to offer to your Excel- dence due to so respectable a body; and lency our sincere congratulations on your I entertain no doubt that you will conappointment to the Chief Government of tinue to merit and to enjoy the counte. Ireland; and to lay before your Excel- nance, favour and protection of our belency our assurance of affectionate loyalty loved King. to our Gracious Sovereign, aad upaliera Your kind expressions respecting my ble attachment to the principles of our conduct and public services demand my unrivalled Constitution.
gratitude, and cannot fail to animate and We consider the appointment of your encourage me in the discharge of the Excellency, at such a critical conjuncture, arduous duties of my station. as a proof of his Majesty's paternal regards towards his people of Ireland. We rely with confidence on the wisdom and • The occasion alluded to was the deenergy of your Excellency's Administra- bate iu the Irish House of Lords, on the tion, that under it the disorders of our Presbyterian Marriage Act, on the 3d of country, which we deeply deplore, will May, 1782. By this Act, marriages celemeet their effectual and permanent cor brated by ministers of the Irish Presbyrection—that its unemployed and suffer. terian Church were declared to have ing population will be excited to useful equal validity with those celebrated by industry—and that all the inhabitants of Episcopal Ministers. This Bill being opthis island, of every denomination, will posed by some of the Irish Bishops, found be united together in loyalty to their a warm and strenuous advocate in the King, obedience to the laws, and love to Marquis Wellesley, then Earl of Morn. one another. Should your patriotic ex. ington. His Lordship. observed ou this ertions effect these most desirable objects, occasion, that he considered the Presbypour Excellency's Administration will be terians entitled, above all denominations, recorded with imperishable gratitude in to the protection and encouragement of the annals of your native land; and you the Legislature and Government, because will have accomplished a work not less it is chiefly to them that the British em. eminent than those illustrious achieve. pire owes her civil and religious liberties, ments by which the name of Wellesley is and her consequent prosperity. He called already so highly distinguished.
them “ the life-blood of the country;" We beg leave to assure your Excellency, and gave his hearty assent to a Bill which that it is the earnest wish of the Mem- might tend to preserve that blood unconbers of our Communion to conduct them. taminated. selves in such a manner as to deserve the
Western Unitarian Society. noticing particularly a sermon which has
been lately printed at Ringwood : CopOn Wednesday, July 10, the Annual trasting the statements contained in these Meeting of the Western Unitarian Society works with the Scriptures, he shewed was held at Crediton. The Rev. S. C. tbem to be totally irreconcileable with Fripp had been expected to preach upon each other—while it plainly appeared, the occasion ; but, as he found himself that from whatever other vices Calvinism unable to attend, his appointment de- might preserve its votaries, it by to volved on the Rev. Dr. Carpenter. The means secured them from a disposition service was introduced by the Rev. G. to heap uumerited calumny and reproach Kenrick, and the Rev. W. Hincks gave on their opponents. The preacher conthe iutermediate prayer. Dr. Carpenter's cluded with a forcible eshortation to his text was Ephes. i. 7. The discourse, as Unitarian brethren so to conduct them. might have been expected from the 'selves as to prove that the invective preacher, was an impressive illustration with which they are so frequently asof an important subject. The business sailed, is as unmerited as it is most unof the Meeting was next discussed; and doubtedly unchristian. the members and friends of the Society After the service the annual business then assembled at the inn, where more of the Society was transacted, when than sixty dined together. In the course thanks were unanimously voted to the of the afternoon much was said, that was preacher for his very able and eloquent heard with deep pleasure, and will not discourse ; and it being considered, that, soon be forgotten. Nor did it diminish from Portsmouth being more in the cen. the interest of the occasion, that the tre of the district over which the Society Society had held its first Meeting at Cre, extends, as well as from the very flourish. diton ; and that, after a very long interval ing state of Unitarianism in that neighof time, many who had witnessed it in bourhood, it would be the most desirable that infant state, were present to be gra- place at which to hold the Quarterly tified by its augmented importance. In Meetings of the Society, it was resolved, the evening, the Rev. B. Mardon, of that they should be held there in future, Glasgow, took the devotional service; instead of at Newport ; and Mr. D. B. and the Rev. John Kenrick preached from Price, of Portsmouth, was requested to Psalm ii. 1, 2. It was a masterly and accept the offices of Treasurer and Sesubstantial discourse, a happy unison of cretary for the year ensuing. the beautiful and the useful. After the The members and friends of the Soevenivg service, the assembly dispersed, ciety afterwards sat down to an econoand there appeared but one general feel- mical though comfortable dinner, at the ing of satisfaction with all that had taken Bugle Inn. The reporter trusts he shall place in the course of the day.
be excused for mentioning that it is a J.J. rule with this Society, that the dinner
shall be ordered with the strictest regard Southern Unitarian Society.
to economy, and that there shall be po
general reckoning after the removal of The Annual Meeting of the Southern the cloth, every person present being at Unitarian Society was held at Newport, liberty to call for any species of beverage Isle of Wight, on Wednesday, July 24, he thinks proper. The rich and the poor 1822. Mr. Bennett, of Poole, com are thus enabled to meet together on terms menced the service by reading the Scrip- both agreeable and convenient to each, tures; Mr. Scott, of Portsmouth, offered and that Christian fellowship and co-opethe prayer before the sermon; and Mr. ration is secured, which it is so desirable J. B. Bristowe, of Ringwood, preached should prevail anong persons who hare from 2 Cor. ii. 17 : “ For we are not as the same important objects in view. many which corrupt the word of God." In the evening, Mr. Fullagar, of Chi
The preacher enumerated the texts of chester, preached from Isa. xxxv. 8. The Scripture which are most usually adduced preacher pointed out the inconsistency of in support of the Calvinistic scheme, and those who reject the doctrine of Transhewed them to be either mistransla substantiation on account of its absurdity, tions, or that they by no means necessa- though supported by the very words of rily bear the sense which Calvinists put on Scripture, while they retaiu other docthem. He then made several quotations trines equally absurd, which, even by from the works of the reputed orthodox, their own confession, rest on iuference
alone. He then shewed that the doc- evening at Paisley; and also the Monday trines held by Unitarians, so far from evening at Port-Glasgow. being liable to the charge of robbing The following are a few particulars of Christianity of its glory, were of them- the information contained in the Report. selves sufficient to make men wise unto Mr. Logan's preaching at Carluke, consalvation ; while of Unitarianism alone tinued till his settlement with the Society it can be said, that, by the plainness of at Port-Glasgow, where, under great disits precepts and by the simplicity of the couragements, he is labouring to promote principles it inculcates, it proves itself to the interests of Unitarianism. The spibe that heavenly path of which it was rit and principles by which this zealous prophesied, that "the wayfaring men, preacher is animated, may be inferred though fools, shall not err therein." from the verses which he recited at the
T. C., Jun.
social meeting, and a copy of which is, Newport, August 3, 1822.
at the suggestion of Mr. Yates, sent for
your insertion : Scottish Unitarian Association.
The Christian Soldier. The Tenth Anniversary of the Scot. “ Ye martyrs who withstood the fire, tish Unitarian Christian Association was Persecuting, priestly ire, held in Glasgow, pursuant to public no Your story shall my soul inspire tice, ou the 28th of July. The morning
With thoughts of maguanimity. service was iutroduced by the Rev. B. 'Twas vobler courage that you led Mardon, M.A.; and the Rev. James To brave the martyr's fiery bed, Yates, M.A., delivered an admirable dis. Than ever in death's accents sped course from Deut. xxix. 29, in which he From 'gory beds' of soldiery. shewed that a belief in mysteries forms
“ Your battles were the fights of mind, Do part of the Christian religion, and that “where mystery begins, religion Your aim the blessing of mankind; ends." Mr. Y. quoted, with approbation, Your sword was Heav'n's own truth re
fin'd, the language used by Dr. Van Mildert,
Unstaiu'd with blood and butchery. Bishop of Llandaff, who in a recent charge to his clergy, describes Unitarians Oh! glory, glory, to you then, as the sect which refuses to extend its Your names shall live in glory, when
Ye noble, holy, godlike men; belief farther than the boundaries of the
A Cæsar's fame is infamy. human understanding.” The afternoon service was introduced by the Rev. D. “ Oh! scorn like them, my soul, a lie, Logan, of Port-Glasgow ; and the Rev. Froin truth's fair banner scorn to fly; J. Squier, of Edinburgh, preached from Rather choose like them to dic, Acts xxiv. 14, on the true meaning of Than part with dear integrity. heresy, shewing the unchristian spirit Say, who would be truth's traitor evinced, by applying it in the evil sense knave,' to sincere lovers of truth and friends of Who would be ev'n the mitred slave, free inquiry. In thé erening, the Annual That either purse or life would save, Discourse was delivered by the Rev. James Entrench'd in base hypocrisy ?” Yates, who chose for his subject, an inquiry into the meaning of the title Savi. At Paisley, the conference once a fortour, as applied to our Lord in the New night is continued with much spirit, un. Testament. The three sermons were in der the judicious management of the the highest degree appropriate, and were Elders. A highly interesting and detailed listened to with the utmost attention. account of which, drawn up by one of The Annual Sermon will, at the unani- the Paisley brethren, formed part of the mous request of the Meeting, be pub. Report. It also noticed the desirablelished. The Report was read as usual, ness of a mivister's being settled at Dun. by the Secretary, after the morning ser dee, to second the exertions of our highly vice. About 45 persons assembled on
respected friend Mr. Millar, whose reMooday, the 29th instant, at the Annual cent accounts of the prospect in the North Dinner, when a number of sentiments are highly encouraging, and describe it were given by the Chairman, Thomas as a good field for preaching. Muir, Esq., breathing the spirit of pure At Glasgow, a series of doctrinal LecChristianity, and which, connected with tures were delivered the last winter as several very interesting addresses, contri- usual, in which the minister of the chabuted in a high degree to the pleasure pel received the assistance of two other and delight of the Meeting, which sepa. preachers, and which were attended by rated at an early hour.
large congregations. Mr. Yates preached the following Sun The Report also included reference to day, twice at Union Chapel, and in the the proposal for erecting a Unitarian
Chapel in a very eligible situation in at his wisdom, and knew the authority Edinburgh ; a proposal in which every of his example, he sought to obtain from Scottish Unitarian, from a knowledge of him that attendance at the church, which the beneficial influence which the respec his conscience induced him to decline. tability of the cause there must excite There he thought without envy-with upon Scotland in general, feels the most kind compassion--on his prelatical oppolively interest ; and it is confidently nent, who might be excited to his frehoped, that the published “proposal," quent and almost hebdomadal diatribes under the judicious and excellent ma- against education, unconnected with the nagement of the friends in Edinburgh, church, by the remembrance of the rewill induce the Committees of the Fel- proofs and firmness of that modest, welllowship Funds in England, to contribute taught cottager, whose form and sufferings their speedy, simultaneous and effectual memory might introduce amid the consupport.
vocations of his clergy, and beneath bis The Rev. David Davis, of Neath, is gilded canopies of state. appointed the preacher at the next Asso The affair of GRIFFIN was important, ciation,
as on that depended whether the 'Tole. B. M., Secretary. ration Acts would afford protection to
the public worship of Protestant Dis. Eleventh Annual Meeting of the Pro- senters. That offender had been cou
testant Society for the Protection victed at the Hampshire Sessions of a of Religious Liberty.
riot, and under the last Toleration Act,
was sentenced to pay the penalty of forty This Anniversary was held on Saturday, pounds. But the magistrates decided May 11th, in the City of London Tavern, that the Act gave them no power to Lord Joun Russell in the Chair. We enforce the penalty; the offender was regret that we have not been able to give liberated-impunity produced insoleuce an earlier account of its proceedings. In and new offences--and village worship this and a following number we shall throughout that county would have be. extract from “ The Supplement of the come insecure. By an application to the Philanthropic Gazette," of Friday, May Court of King's Bench, at a considerable 24, as full a report as our limits will expense, orders and writs were obtained allow. MR. Wilks's speech was, as that euforced the penalty by the com. usual, the great attraction of the meeting, mittal of the culprit to the county gaol. which was crowded to excess : the speech Compunction was the result, and as his occupied nearly three hours and a half, aged parents needed his labours, as he and was received with acclamations of contritely applied for mercy, the Comdelight. After a suitable introduction, mittee, mindful that inercy should temper Mr. Wilks said that before he adverted justice, acquiesced in his discharge. But to the transactions since the last Anui. there yet remained an obvious need that versary, he would allude to some of those
some legislative provisions should be made matters to which attention was then most
to prevent such trouble and expense, and awakened. The destiny of Amos Nor. to secure the prompt attainment of the ROWAY, the intrepid and enlightened la- justice which ihe 'Toleration Laws were bourer at Ewelme—the result of the enacted to confer! prosecution of GRIFFIN for a riot-and The Education Bill had, he hoped, the Bill as to the Education of the Poor, passed away to that grave, where many excited the deepest interest.
mistaken projects of the benerolent and For Amos NORROWAY, he was happy worthy, happily slumber to awake 10 Ito announce, that a secure asylum from more. Of Mr. BROUGHAM no man could
the visitings of persecution was obtained. think more highly, or would utter more In a comfortable cottage, well repaired, cordial praise. In debate, he moved like surrounded by fruit tress now full of a giant in a storm. As an advocate, as blossoms, and with a garden-plot, pur- a political economist, as a statesman, as chased by one who could revere the love a philanthropist, he was pre-eininent. of principle in a peasant breast, he had Since their last meeting, he had boldly found a home, whence he would not and greatly, for a Royal client, stenimed remove until he entered his last and hap- the torrent of influence and power, and pier home in heaven. There his consis- secured an amaranthine fame. As to ieut conduct pleased the pious, profited education, his object was laudable, but the observing, awed the unfriendly, and his means needless and unwise. From a exercised that moral influence over the small source bubbling up in the vale of numerous villagers, which such conduct Gloucester, in the establishment of Sunwill create. There he had even the Cu. day-schools, had issued a stream swollen rate for a guest. He acknowledged his by' ten thousand charitable rills, wideindustry and worth, and as he wondered spreadiog and beneficent. Christian lore
had added to these waters, till Wales slain—and again the objectionable exand England, that had been parched and pressions re-appeared. The efforts of the desert, were now amoug the best in- Committee must also revive ; they must structed nations on the earth. If a system renew against that evil their Herculean parochial, clerical, compulsory, expensive, toils, and should so renew them with the had been established, these waters of hope that better triumphs than those of charity would have ceased to flow-the Hercules would be achieved. taxations of the country would have been In a Church-Rate case from Loughenlarged—the agricultural interests, now borough, they afforded their advice. For gaping for existence beneath too heavy relief from the Assessed Tares as arising burdens, would have sunk under a new from claims on a minister at Wern in pressure-the wrongs of Dissenters would Wales, and for Portland Chapel, Bath, have been increased—the ecclesiastical they had taught their friends how to powers, already too dominant, would apply: and he repeated publicly the inhave received fearful augmentation—and formation, that Assessed Taxes were not au harvest would have been reaped of claimable for any Meeting-house, and immediate evil and of abiding woe. Hap- that all School-rooms for the poor, and pily, however, the dark, oppressive cloud rooms in Academies devoted to ministethat blighted and overhung them had rial students, were, on account of their passed away, and all was again serenity charitable appropriation,
also exempt and sunshine. May no fragments of the from charge. threatening masses ever re-appear! But One claim for a Mortuary Fee of ten he must entreat, as its needlessness was shillings, was made at Keighley, in Yorkthe best argument opposed to the design, shire, on a poor woman who was left that the friends to the gratuitous, reli- with three orphan children. As it did gious, unpersecuting, unsectarian educa- not appear that the fee had been demandtion of the poor, would, by their increas- ed before the reign of Henry the Eighth, ing diligence, give even to that argument and had been since but occasionally reaccumulated force. Every where let there quired —the payment was withheld, be established Sunday-schools, combined though the clergyman offered greatly to with week-day evening tuition-or Lan- lessen his demand. The transports of castrian schools for mutual instruction, the widow, grateful that persons living under the British and Foreign School so distant, not knowing her, and to her Society, till an untaught hamlet or alley unknown, should step forward to soothe here or in Ireland should be like an un. aud succour her, afforded to the Comknown land—and till the little plant of mittee a pleasant and pure reward. universal education, become the noblest The vexatious subject of the assessment trec, outspreading its undecaying branch- of Chapels at Bath, Chatham, Beverley es, should afford to every Briton, infant and Paddington, to Poor's Rates, had reor adult, the joy of beholding its blos- newed auxiety and labour. At Bath soms, and sharing its inestimable fruit. some additions to Argyle Chapel, prin
According to his former custom, he cipally for the accommodation of the would first revert to those which were Sunday scholars whom the members of mere pecuniary demands. They included that munificent congregation endeavoured Turnpike Tolls, Assessed Taxes, Poor's to instruct, produced a treble assessRates, and Mortuary Fees.
ment to the poor; as if these paro. As to Turnpike Tolls, letters had been chial patriots were fearful the noxious received from Hartland in Devonshire, weeds of pauperism should vegetate too Pinchbeck in the county of Lincoln, and slowly, and would therefore, by a tax, Tremerchion in Wales. All such inqui- forbid the wise instruction and infant ries should include an extract of the ex- piety-which can alone restore to the emption clause in each Turnpike Act. poor an independent but submissive spiTo Pinchbeck he had the satisfaction to rit, and the love of labour, economy, reply, that the exemption they wished comfort, and of a humble, but a happy had been already inserted in the Act, home! At Chatham, during several and he hoped that as the bills were re years, the Rev. Mr. Slatterie had resisted, newed, all the provisions unfriendly to by every fair expedient, an assessment on Dissenters would disappear; because, to his chapel which amounted yearly to the that object the Committee directed con vast sum of one hundred pounds, and stant and needful care. Indeed, Cerberus which now would subtract from the docould not be too wakeful to prevent sur nations of the congregation a yearly sum prise. Last year a General Turnpike Bill of sixty pounds! By legal suggestions was proposed and postponed. All the the Committee had enabled him to profit old objectionable words were there in- by some negligence and delay of his opserted, but at their application were re- ponents, and to avert the payments of moved. This Session the measure was two rates which they threatened to enrevived. The snake was scotched, not force, and at which the majority of the